How blockchain is saving Lake Winnipeg

Blockchain could help with evidence-based decisionmaking on freshwater systems

Why It Matters

Buzzwords are becoming action. Blockchain technology is demonstrating that in a country tackling complicated, cross-jurisdictional problems such as water governance, there are open, grassroots, and transparent platforms that can help. This is just the beginning.

To most, terms like “blockchain” and “open data” are likely only buzzwords, but to the millions of Canadians living in and around the Lake Winnipeg watershed, these words will change how decisions are made.

While Lake Winnipeg is only the sixth largest freshwater lake in Canada, its basin is home to seven million people spread across four Canadian provinces and four American states.

The Lake Winnipeg Basin exemplifies a fundamental question facing Canadian water governance today: How can Canadian communities make effective, evidence-based decisions regarding our freshwater when our watersheds are so geographically diverse and span multiple jurisdictions?

Until recently, there has not been a data hub for information on the health of local watersheds that is accessible to the public, researchers or governments alike. Organizations have done their own monitor

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